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2006 Senate Bill 6613 (Banning internet gambling)
Effective date 6/7/2006
This bill, which was signed into law March 28, 2006 by Gov. Christine Gregoire, makes all internet transations where someone can knowingly transmit or receive wagers or any other form of gambling illegal. The penalty for gambling online starting on June 7th is a Class C Felony which is up to 10 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.

How in the world did that happen? How is this going to be enforced?

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tanukisuit
May. 18th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
hmm that sucks...
patrick
May. 18th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
It doesn't make any sense to me. Why would they outlaw internet gambling when I can drive to a casino and gamble all I want? Why would they make it a Class C felony? That punishment is pretty steep for something harmless like playing poker online.
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patrick
May. 18th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Very possible. It was sponsered by senators from Renton, Sea-tac, Mukilteo, Lynnwood and South Seattle. I wouldn't be surprised if the tribes or other companies that own the casinos put some sort of pressure for this. But why a felony? Just to scare people that much more?
nder
May. 18th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
I bet you $20 it's so local establishments quit whining.
patrick
May. 18th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
the local establishments were whining? is partypoker.net really cutting into their profits that much?
nder
May. 19th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
well I know I've never gone to a WA casino!

but I don't gamble online either.
I'm the WORST control group EV4R!
}tries to cut wrists with pocky{
misskarin
May. 19th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
hah!
You beat me to it ;)
herbaliser
May. 19th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
it's probably not going to be enforced any more than piracy
chris
May. 31st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
the P-I article pretty much said that. they would really only be going after sites operating out of washington.

interesting other tidbits from here

And then there are Washington's licensed card clubs. As the Commission stated, in its Focus on Gambling Newsletter, "Some card room operators asked that we help get the word out that gambling over the Internet is illegal."

thats not-so-subtle. I suspect that tribes are also backing this, despite claims that the law was in response partly to concerns over Indian Casinos.

evan
May. 19th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
transmit or receive wagers

It'll be enforced on the receive side -- they can shut down gambling websites in WA
pbrane
May. 19th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
oooh... darn. How the heck are those gambling sites gonna find another place out of state to host them? I mean, you have to be a resident of the state you're hosting your website in, right?
phatfhorn
May. 19th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
Betcha you wish you voted for Rossi now.

I bet he would have won if young gamblers who vote knew what they do now.

Oh wait---he did win the first two times.
patrick
May. 19th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Would Rossi have veto'd this bill? I doubt it.
Senate vote: Yeas: 44 Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Excused: 3
House vote: yeas: 93 nays: 5 absent: 0 excused: 0
markle
May. 19th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
cry me a river.
patrick
May. 19th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
hahah
markle
May. 19th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
yeah, that came out a bit harsher than I meant it to, but eh, whatever.
a_muse_d
May. 19th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
mind if i post this in seattle?
patrick
May. 19th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
By all means!
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